European Power Companies Responding to Carbon Pricing by Investing in Biomass Co-Firing – Survey

February 10, 2010 | 3 Comments

A recent editorial in Sustainable Business.com reported the findings of a recent survey by New Energy Finance, which revealed that the European Emissions Trading Scheme is starting to change the way European power companies make investment decisions, a short 5 years after its introduction. An important trend is the shift of resources towards cleaner power generation technologies.

New Energy Finance sought responses from over 13 companies, who account for over 50% of Europe’s Power Sector CO2 emissions.  Respondents all indicated that carbon prices are being fully integrated into their investment decisions in the European Power sectors, with most running several future price scenarios.

Specifically the EU ETS is having a clear impact on the build-rate of biomass co-firing capacity.

Although carbon prices alone are insufficient to justify an immediate shift to lower CO2 emitting technologies, fuel prices, power prices and direct government support for renewables are also having an impact on attitudes among European power producers.

Only 8.5% of the energy consumed in Europe comes from renewable sources, and Bio power generation is expected to play a vital role in achieving the 20% share of renewable energies by 2020.

Despite the huge growth potential in the industry, the industry is not without its own set of challenges, key amongst them feedstock supply.

The success of the Biomass to power industry depends, to a large degree, on the quantity and quality of biomass available, and on the industry’s ability to cost-effectively transport, handle and utilize biomass for energy production.

The upcoming Biomass Power & Trade summit examines the growth of the BioEnergy industry in Europe, and its impact on Biomass trade around the world. The Conference, supported by the IEA BioEnergy Task 40 group and the Port of Rotterdam, meets in Rotterdam on 11-12 Mar 2010.

The conference has invited a panel of Biomass Power producers, Biomass producers, Traders, Key European regulators and technology experts to discuss the EU’s pending BioEnergy mandates, sustainability issues, certification, global biomass trade, and upcoming technologies.

Speakers include key representatives of:

  • DG TREN, European Commission
  • Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development , European Commission
  • IEA BioEnergy Task 40
  • Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development — Utrecht University
  • Nidera Handelscompagnie BV
  • Essent
  • Procede Biomass BV
  • Laborelec-Sustainable Process Technologies
  • E.ON Energy Trading AG
  • Canadian Biomass Association
  • Latgran Ltd
  • Willmott Forests
  • Beijing Shengchang Bioenergy S&T Co., Ltd.
  • Climate Change Solutions
  • Biotimber Biomass Brazil
  • Max-Planck-Institut fur Kolloid- und Grenzflaechenforschung
  • German Academy of Science & Engineering
  • P.T Godwin Austen International
  • APX-ENDEX
  • European BioEnergy Services
  • Méo Consulting Team
  • Ebes AG
  • First Bioenergy FBIO AB
  • BTG Bioliquids BV
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)- Agricultural Research Service
  • Renewable Fuels Agency
  • Port of Rotterdam (also supporting organization, and networking reception host)

>>Click here to find out what the above mentioned companies & more are sharing at the Biomass Power & Trade Summit!<<

Biomass Power & Trade is now accepting registrations to participate as delegates. Interested parties are invited to submit their registrations via online form by >>Clicking here<<.

Those keen on exploring sponsorship and media partnership packages can write to Ms. Reema at reema@cmtsp.com.sg with their enquiries and proposals.

IEA Report Warns Against ‘Bad’ Biomass

February 8, 2010 | 2 Comments

The International Energy Agency (IEA) identified key policies and practices that would contribute to increased biomass utilization throughout the world.”

The paper distinguishes ‘bad’ biomass from ‘good’ biomass and ‘better’ biomass.  Warning that biomass could be ‘bad’ without safeguards, it notes the threat of GHG emissions and loss of biodiversity from land use change, food insecurity, overuse of water, and mismanagement of soil if the increased use of biomass is left unchecked.

Getting to ‘better’ and even ‘good’ is not just a matter of increased investment. Although biomass currently provides 75 percent of all renewable energy and approximately 13 percent of global energy supply, the paper finds that all countries are significantly underusing their domestic potential of sustainable bioenergy and international trade of bioenergy is only in its early stage of development.  The paper provides a roadmap to better utilization of sustainable biomass includes specific milestones for the near-term, medium-term, and longer-term.

Source from http://www.biomassintel.com/iea-report-warns-against-bad-biomass/ posted by Mackinnon Lawrence on Wednesday, 20 January 2010.

Get more insights from IEA Bioenergy Task 40 at the Biomass Trade & Power as they will be supporting this event on 11- 12 March 2010 in Rotterdam.

Wood pellets lead biomass energy rise. Find out more at Biomass Trade & Power event on 11-12 March in Rotterdam

February 8, 2010 | 2 Comments

Europe is leading rapid growth in the wood biomass energy sector with demand for wood pellets seen growing at 8 to 10 per cent annually in coming years, according to Wood Resources Quarterly.

Wood pellets are made mainly from wood waste – bark, sawdust and wood chips – from forestry operations. Compressing wood waste into pellets creates a more efficient-burning fuel than wood chips. Wood biomass fuel is seen as a valuable source of renewable energy and, if produced sustainably, offers a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels.

The wood biomass industry in Europe is seeing the benefits of the EU’s target to produce 20 per cent of power needs from renewable energy by 2020. It’s being led by increasing demand for pellets and investment in pellet production in Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Britain, the WRQ reports.

Sweden alone used almost two million tonnes in 2008, 20 per cent of world demand, producing almost 1.6 million tons at home and importing the balance from Canada and elsewhere in Europe. The number of pellet-producing plants in Europe has reached 450 and is expected to increase significantly over the next few years.

The industry is also benefiting from investment inspired by government green stimulus measures. The pellet market is growing in the United States where a federal tax credit of up to $1500 is currently offered on the purchase and installation of high-efficiency stoves and heaters, including wood or pellet-burning units.

Source: http://www.carbonpositive.net Thursday, 5 November 2009.

For more information on wood pellets, join Mr. Spike Veer, Business Analyst of Endex, as he presents his paper on Wood Pellets’ Market Outlook, Pricing Trends & Benchmarking at the Biomass Trade & Power conference, 11- 12 March 2010 held in Rotterdam.

Pyrolysis plant at AkzoNobel Hengelo site

February 8, 2010 | 2 Comments

BTG-BTL has plans to build a pyrolysis plant at Hengelo’s AkzoNobel site. The letter of intent was signed at the end of September by AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals, Empyro and BTG Bioliquids. In the new plant wood will be converted to oil. The plant will also deliver steam to AkzoNobel and generate electricity for delivery to the public grid.

Largest pyrolysis plant in Europe

The Empyro plant, owned by the shareholders Tree Power and BTG Bioliquids, will “convert 5 metric tons of dry wood into oil, steam and electricity, per hour”. This conversion takes place on a commercial scale and uses a technique, owned by BTG Bioliquids. This technique has already proven itself in Malaysia, where a plant uses residual products of a palm oil plant.

The new pyrolysis installation will be the largest in Europe and building it will require an investment of approximately 13 million Euros. A substantial part of the investment will be covered by an European subsidy because it is a pilot project. The installation will be built on a piece of land of 1 hectare and will be 20 meters high.

It is expected that the construction can start in the second quarter of 2010.

Source: http://www.btgworld.com/news.php#top , 10th October 2009

For more information on pyrolysis, join Mr. Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director of BTG Bioliquids BV. as he presents his paper on Pre-Treatment Biomass Using Pyrolysis Technologies at the Biomass Trade & Power conference, 11- 12 March 2010 held in Rotterdam.

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Biomass Trade & Power conference on 11-12 March in Rotterdam charts the rise of Biomass as a commodity for clean power generation.

February 8, 2010 | 3 Comments

Global demand for Biomass is rapidly growing especially in Europe, where EU 2020’s target for renewable energy, is a major driver for this growth. The Biomass Trade & Power conference, which meets in Rotterdam on 11-12 March 2010, analyzes latest developments in BioEnergy, tackles issues hampering the establishment of a biomass trading platform, and discusses the future of a real commodity market for biomass.

Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS- 2 February 2010 /Press Release/ — Global demand for Biomass (Agricultural and Forestry Residues, Energy Crops and Wood Pellets) is rapidly growing especially in Europe, where EU 2020’s target for renewable energy (20% in gross energy consumption), is driving this growth.

The Biomass Trade & Power conference, which meets in Rotterdam on 11-12 March 2010 analyzes latest developments in BioEnergy, tackles issues hampering the establishment of a biomass-trading platform, and discusses the future of a real commodity market for biomass. The IEA Task Force 40 and the Port of Rotterdam are supporting the conference and sending representatives to speak.

The conference will present updates on EU’s Sustainability Requirement of Biomass for Use in Power and Energy Sector, as well as their Biomass Certification standards with insights from the European Commission’s Directorate-General, Agriculture and Rural Development and Directorate-General for Transport and Energy.

Also on the agenda are a series of sessions offering a Biomass Exporters’ Perspective, where attendees will be able to assess the global biomass pellets supply outlook. Experts from Latgran Ltd, Beijing Shengchang BioEnergy S&T Co., Ltd. Climate Change Solutions and other leading Biomass Exporters will provide updates on supplies from China, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, the Baltic Region and Canada.

In addition to the above, the conference has also lined up a showcase of biomass pre-treatment technologies, with inisights from BTG Bioliquids BV and Ebes AG on Torrefaction and Pyrolysis. The conference is also highlighting Bio-char, with representatives of the USDA, the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, and the German Academy of Science & Engineering discussing the potential applications of Biochar as an alternative for carbon sequestration, a solution for soil enhancement and a replacement for coal in power plants.

Other sessions on agenda will include an evaluation on EU’s demand for heat and power production, and biomass producers, importers, trade and power companies stakeholders’ perspectives on the commoditization of biomass.

A Special highlight at Biomass Trade & Power conference is a tour on board the 25-meter long vessel, the “Nievue Maze”, to explore the Rotterdam Port’s wood pellet terminal and view first-hand, all the latest developments undertaken by the Port of Rotterdam, to increase their Biomass handling capabilities. The Port of Rotterdam is also hosting a networking cocktail on board their ship.

Those seeking more information on participation and sponsorship & media exchange opportunities at the Biomass Trade & Power conference should visit www.cmtevents.com/?ev=100306 immediately.